She has landed a multi-million dollar deal with Whole Foods to sell her ‘Bee Sweet’ lemonade in 55 of their US stores.
The young entrepreneur uses the mint, flaxseed and honey lemonade recipe she inherited from her great-grandmother, and gives a portion of her products to foundations that rescue bees.
She calls herself a ‘Bee Ambassador’ and first found fame with her product on ABC’s Shark Tank, where she secured a $60,000 investment from the show.
Mikaila thought up the idea for the lemonade when she was just four years old, when after she was stung twice, she investigated why they sting and was intrigued by their integral role in the ecosystem.
“I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me,” she said in an interview with NBC, “But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?”
The entrepreneur took part in local competitions until she landed a place on Shark Tank. Since then, she’s served lemonade to Barack Obama, was a part of Google’s Dare to be Digital campaign, and has won several awards including the African American Harvest Foundation Story Changer award.
And how does she have time to balance her schoolwork and her booming business? “I work on the business after school, after I do my homework, and on weekends and during spring breaks,” Ulmer told NBC. “There are not too many times when I feel stressed.”